Are phone books equivalent to garbage?

I was in my house a couple Saturdays ago and I heard something outside and I assumed it was the mailman putting mail in the box. Then a bit later I heard something again. Why would the mailman come twice? So I went out and looked and in addition to the mail in the mailbox there was a nearly 1,200 page phone book on my stoop.

And then again the other day I came home from work and there was another phone book on my stoop, this one over 1,200 pages.

How can it be legal for people to come to your house and put a big, heavy thing that you didn't ask for on your doorstep? Can I get rid of it by putting it on someone elses doorstep?

I can see getting one phonebook a year, although that probably wouldn't be necessary for many people if it all is online somewhere. But I've gotten four phonebooks in the last 15 months and most of them will go straight into the recycle pile. It seems like it would save everyone a lot of trouble if they wouldn't bring them in the first place.



Probably the reason you got 2 is that they were each from different competing companies. This is also likely a reason why it's hard to limit the distribution. It sure would be nice if they would ask if and how we want it, though.

Here's a link that is supposed to keep you from getting those phone books: haven't tried it yet so I can't vouch for it.

They're stacked by the hundreds at apartment complexes (usually by the mailboxes) starting in August.Some "delivery agents" even throw them down (or up) the stairs- a crude method of delivery that leaves a damaged, sometimes torn book several feet from your front door.Could these bulk deliveries be banned by a town?  Make them available for people who want to  pick one up- but don't force them on us.I have four different books already this year- and there will be more to come.Personally, I haven't used a phone book since the eighties- I don't know why I keep them!  They'll end up in the recycling bin- but what an incredible waste of time and resources. Who would miss them?  Anyone?

about those "valuepaks" and flyers in my mailbox addressed to "resident."No way to stop something if it's not addressed to you. 


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